Rivers To Build World-Class Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease Centre-Wike
Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has announced that his administration will build a world-class treatment centre to attend to cancer and cardiovascular diseases in the state.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Rumuogba flyover in Port Harcourt, on Tuesday, Wike said the contract for that project will be signed in the next two weeks.
He said his deputy and other members of his team know that, though they are in their second tenure, they cannot rest on their oars in providing service and projects to Rivers people.
“For me, Rivers State deserves the best. I have told the deputy governor and our team, yes, this is our second tenure but we are going to work as if it is our first tenure. That is what we are doing.
“We are not interested in going to Abuja everyday to stay. We are interested in staying in our state and developing it with the resources that God has given to us.
“Let me tell the people of the Rivers State today, in the next two weeks, Julius Berger Nigeria PLC will come back and sign a contract with Rivers State Government, a project where we are going to build a cancer and cardiovascular disease centre. It shall be the best in this country and shall be completed in 14 months,” he assured.
Governor Wike said the inauguration of the Rumuogba flyover had left so many people speechless because they least expected that such feat would be accomplished.
He stated that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) do not have room for excuses because it always fulfil any promise it makes to the people to improve the socioeconomic status of Rivers State and its people.
According to Governor Wike, Rivers people should expect the inauguration of five more flyovers in the next 12 months, includinh Rumuola, Ogbunuabali, GRA, Aba Road Rumukalagbor and Ikwerre Road -Olu-Obasanjo flyovers.
“This is one of the three flyovers that we signed with Julius Berger Nigeria PLC sometime in 2019. The others are the Okoro-nu-odo flyover and the Rebisi flyover. We gave them 16 months.
“So many people thought we will not accomplish it. They thought it will be one of those elephant projects that will be abandoned by our administration.
“But to the glory of God, giving us the resources, giving us the strength, and giving us the wisdom. Julius Berger Nigeria PLC completed these three flyovers in 14 months.
“Already, there are three other flyovers that are on-going. The Rumuola flyover, the GRA flyover and the Ogbunuabali flyover. We have just signed the flyovers 7 and 8 and we are going to pay Julius Berger Nigeria PLC 70 per cent upfront.
“We don’t want to hear that the project cannot be completed. So, in the next one year, we are going to commission another five flyovers to the glory of God,” he said.
Wike took a swipe at critics who, he said, for want of what to say, are faulting engineering design of the Okoro-Nu-Odo flyover because they are baffled how God has helped his administration, not only to pay salary but to execute quality projects.
“I am proud to say it that we have shocked so many people. They don’t know what to say again. I read this morning where one of them, incidentally, I hear he is from Ubima, said, they have seen the Okoro-Nu-Odo flyover, but it is poorly designed.
“This is somebody who will not do it but abandon it. Now, we have finished it and they say it’s poorly designed. I am sure, tomorrow too when they see this Rumuogba flyover, they will find one fault to talk about it.
“In 2015, on 27th of May, the former governor had his birthday at Obi Wali Cultural Centre. There, he told them that there is no way we will get money to pay salary, not talk of doing projects.
“But see how God works. We are not only paying salary, we are also doing projects. We can stand up tall and tell anybody in this state what we have done,” he said.
Inaugurating the Rumuogba flyover, former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, expressed delight at the untiring efforts of Governor Wike in transforming the landscape of Rivers State and particularly Port Harcourt with people-oriented projects.
According to him, Governor Wike has also demonstrated nationalistic spirit by creating a conducive climate that has promoted peace, and unity among all residents in the state.
“We respect you because most of the time, you are on the ground here in Rivers State taking care of the good people of your state. I want to say not all governors can say the same. Keep on moving, keep on doing the right thing.
“Being a governor is a very serious assignment. It is a contract between you and your people for eight years.
“Now, we are almost six years, we have just two years plus for you to be in Government House in Rivers State before, by the grace of God, you will move forward for the national assignment,” Kwakwanso said
Rivers State Commissioner for Works, Elloka Tasie-Amadi, said the Rumuogba flyover is the last of the triplets flyover projects conceived by Governor Wike who possesses long term vision, high ambitions and far sightedness.
“The Rumuogba flyover is 842.58m long from ramp to ramp, the transition area from four lanes to eight lanes is 205.92m long. It has 8.3m wide service lanes on either side of the flyover each measuring 1.24km with a combined total of 2.48km.
“The 20 single arm and 59 double arm streetlight poles are powered by a dedicated substation equipped with a transformer and backup generator. This is the same power source for the traffic lights installed at intersections around the flyover,” he said.